1: occurring every day
2 (a): belonging to each day: everyday; (b) commonplace, ordinary
Quotidian (adj.): mid-14th century, “everyday, daily,” from Old French cotidian (Modern French quotidien), from Latin quotidianus “daily,” from Latin quotus “how many? which in order or number?” (related to: quote) + dies “day” (related to: diurnal). Meaning “ordinary, commonplace, trivial” is from mid-15c.
“Your life is a sculpture, every day chip away.”
J.R. Rim (writer and author)
“People don't notice whether it's winter or summer when they're happy.”
Anton Chekhov (1860-1904, Russian playwright and master of the modern short story)
“It is a good idea sometimes to think of the importance and dignity of our every-day duties. It keeps them from being so tiresome; besides, others are apt take us at our own valuation. ”
Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867-1957, pioneer author, educator, journalist who wrote the autobiographical “Little House” book series, the basis of the television show, “Little House on the Prairie”)
“Laundry, liturgy and women's work all serve to ground us in the world, and they need not grind us down. Our daily tasks, whether we perceive them as drudgery or essential, life-supporting work, do not define who we are as women or as human beings.”
Kathleen Norris (poet and essayist, best known for writing “The Quotidian Mysteries: Laundry, Liturgy and Women’s Work”)
“...Jesus saw the eternal in the everyday. Your last day on earth should be spent as you spent all your others-- doing your daily tasks with love and honesty... An ordinary day is, perhaps, the most holy of all.”
Margaret George (b. 1943, American historical novelist specializing in epic fictional biographies; wrote “Mary, Called Magdalene”)
“Your life is a sculpture, every day chip away.” — J.R. Rim
If we discipline ourselves, show up consistently, participate, give, and work diligently on our quotidian routines, we can increase our capacity to become the artists and creators of our lives.
The process of creation can sometimes be daunting, because we desire the big swings of inspiration and productivity. Most our lives, though, are filled with humdrum routines, most of which are boring. But these workaday structures can provide the space and time needed to build our confidence to paint outside the lines. It can also offer the stability to observe our seeds of possibilities in surprised events.
It then becomes imperative that we clear away the nonsense in our thoughts and deeds. For that we definitely need each other to mirror back to us what we should hold on to, what be shifted and perhaps discarded.
I am often stunned in my daily walks of life to encounter profound connections with others fellow travelers, some of whom have become dear friends.
Recently, I went to my local pharmacy prepared to pay out-of-pocket $300 for a much needed prescription. Stephanie, a professional young woman behind the counter asked if I knew the price, and told her I did. I had spoken to gentleman on the phone and he had already applied some discounts. But being thorough Stephanie said she would check further, and when she did came the price changed to $41.
Later, I then met another young woman in another store, who expressed her desire to build a honey farm. I told her I had the business card of a local woman who was just doing that!
I continue to be in awe of life’s miracles, big and small. We should all hang on to what is possible in our connections instead of all the little nuisance things that keep us apart.
Stay alert to the ordinary and the extraordinary, sojourners.
Miraculously Yours, Tonya